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Urban Living

Unique amenity in Abbotsford at The Park House

Why are residential developments in Abbotsford so sought after? Bordered by the Yarra River, with wide tree-lined streets and parkland such as Gahan Reserve and Victoria Park makes Abbotsford, in area, one of the smallest suburbs in Melbourne. Much of Abbotsford has heritage overlay and limited to 2 levels in height resulting in many single front weatherboard homes staying in their original, yet renovated, condition. As a result there is limited...

South Melbourne: the place Melburnians most want to buy & live

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The suburb of South Melbourne continues to be the number 1 priority pick for buyers, local owner occupier and investors, of off the plan and complete apartments in the inner ring suburbs across Melbourne. Closely followed by the likes of Collingwood and Richmond, South Melbourne continues to retain the number 1 title due to its geographic location between the Melbourne CBD and the Bay, offering a lifestyle value-add above its inner-city...

Parque Melbourne - recently completed apartments for sale

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The recently completed Parque Melbourne has a range of one and two bedroom apartments available for purchase on Melbourne's premier boulevard, St Kilda Road. With suitable price points for both first home buyers and investors alike, Parque Melbourne offers a buying opportunity in a brand new building with the added incentive of stamp duty rebates. Loaded with amenity ranging from a rooftop pool & terrace, two further St. Kilda Road-facing...

On the water in Footscray, Melbourne's hottest hot spot

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Located on the Maribyrnong Riverfront just 4km from Melbourne's CBD, Waterfront Apartments in Footscray represents a never to be repeated opportunity to buy for investment or to live in a development which is located on the water, accessed by foot. Waterfront Footscray is a brand new, off the plan apartment development which has a limited selection of 51+ square metre internal area 1 bedroom apartments starting from $391,000 available to buy now...

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Urban Development & Design

Urban Melbourne is tracking 1.3 million square metres of office space in development

1,284,577 square metres is the raw number. Urban Melbourne's Project Database is keeping tabs on close to 1.3 million square metres of office space at various stages of development across Melbourne. It is a phenomenal figure which shows just how bullish the office sector is across this city. The aggregation of all developments followed by Urban Melbourne which contains dedicated office space was prompted by the addition of the latest major...

The 'Unconquered Sun' of Southbank goes up for sale

The tower dubbed 'Sol Invictus' may not have been conquered, but it is for sale. Long after the initial media blitz extolling the virtues of the tower, going hand in hand with an explanation of its name, the now approved 48 Moray Street has been handed to Colliers. The agent along with ICR Property Group have been tasked with securing a new owner for the 1,173.5sqm site, which was granted approval during July. At stake is the right to develop...

Richard Wynne on Fishermans Bend: we have to get urban renewal projects right

Melbourne doesn’t remain the world’s most liveable city by standing still. Just ask any overseas or interstate visitor returning to Victoria and they’ll tell you, Melbourne is ever moving and always growing. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Cranes in the sky and shovels in the ground on every street corner indicate that Melbourne is forever a moving feast, but it’s only so often we have the opportunity to truly transform the shape of our city...

Fishermans Bend draft framework released, uplift controls to drive affordable housing

A combination of mandatory and discretionary height limits, setbacks, floor area ratios, floor area uplift controls and detailed precinct plans will guide density and uses within new buildings in Fishermans Bend over the coming decades as the urban renewal area undergoes development. The draft Fishermans Bend framework released today adds more meat to the bones of the vision document which was released in September 2016. There's still a fair way...

Urban Industry

Enzo Raimondo talks about Melbourne's rental market

Enzo Raimondo was kind enough to conduct a far-reaching chat with Urban Melbourne recently. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of view.com.au, Enzo's previous positions included a stint at Real Estate Institute of South Australia and 16 years as the Chief Executive of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. With this wealth of experience under his belt, Enzo Raimondo's knowledge of the hot topic that is rental affordability is equal to any in...

58 Southbank Boulevard: The making of the 3D render

When The Graphical Thread was asked to produce 3D marketing imagery for CBRE’s latest project, my first thought was how are we going to make this building shine in one of Melbourne’s densest city blocks. Flagship at 58 Southbank Boulevard, sometimes referred to as 118 City Road, is located close to Eureka Tower and the under construction Australia 108 building. Not to mention the approved One Queensbridge, a Crown Casino 6 star luxury hotel...

The value in a collaborative approach to urban development

I have observed over the years, that the urban development process is often very siloed with a very conscious effort made to limit inputs from outside the developer’s core team. This may be seen as commercially and operationally astute and necessary to prevent budget, planning approval and program blow outs. However, in an increasingly networked society and business world, successful and innovative developments are more often borne out of...

Reconsidering the project vision to create better quality outcomes for all

Established suburbs such as St Kilda, Fitzroy and Williamstown, that we love to live in and visit, have evolved over a very long period of time. They have grown organically to develop the character, identity and sense of community that we see today. While I fully appreciate this, and I’m aware that a sense of community cannot be manufactured, I believe that we can be more proactive about ‘seeding’ the community connections that contribute to...

Visual Melbourne

Docklands Places and Spaces, part four: Batmans Hill and Stadium

The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark. A further two commercial towers, three residential buildings and...

Docklands Places and Spaces, part three: NewQuay and Harbour Town

Part three follows on from the part one: Yarra's Edge and part two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most. Initially comprising of two parts (east and west) bisected by the former Waterfront City precinct, NewQuay now stretches the length of the northern edge of...

Docklands Places and Spaces, part two: Victoria Harbour

Following on from part one's photo tour of Yarra's Edge earlier in the week, comes part two which focuses on the so-called 'centrepiece' of Docklands: Victoria Harbour. Where Yarra's Edge is predominantly a residential precinct littered with parks, restaurants and the odd community facility, Victoria Harbour provides a mix of commercial and residential with a healthy dose of community and public infrastructure in between. The likes of ANZ, NAB,...

Docklands Places and Spaces, part one: Yarra's Edge

A couple of weeks ago, on a sunny winter's day I decided to go for a walk and take a few snaps around Docklands, not a bad excuse to get out of the office. My walk started at South Wharf and after visiting Yarra's Edge, Victoria Harbour, NewQuay and Harbour Town finished up at Collins Square. Looking towards South Wharf and Yarra's Edge. Today's piece is Part 1 of a visual essay on Docklands as it stands today with a bit of commentary on the...

Urban Affairs

Thoughts on new metro station names

Over the weekend, the Premier announced a naming competition for the five 'new' stations that are to be built on the route of the Metro Tunnel project. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has reported, via its twitter account, they've received 10,000 suggestions as of Tuesday. In what looks like an effort to avoid a situation akin to the 'Boaty McBoatface' that occurred in the UK, name suggestions will be shortlisted before being decided upon by...

Winners of tender to power Melbourne's tram network with renewable energy announced

The Victorian Government has announced the winning bidders in the tender to power Melbourne's tram network by renewable energy. At the same time, the Victorian Government has announced plans to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) ensuring that by 2020, 25% of Victoria's energy will come from renewable sources and the target rises to 40% by 2025. The winning tenders to power Melbourne's tram network with renewable energy were...

The case for West Gate Tunnel looking wobbly in light of Port Rail shuttle return

Comment It was looking flakey already but now with the announcement over the weekend that the on-again, off-again rail port shuttles are back on the agenda, the West Gate Tunnel project has gone beyond barely scraping through the sniff test to stinking to high heaven. The West Gate Tunnel Project was a market-led proposal from Transurban that would see new segmented lanes on the West Gate Freeway from the Western Ring Road interchange leading...

This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities' commuter crush

Michael Buxton , RMIT University In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning. However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres...

Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 14:00
There's been a fair bit of level crossing removal spin in the mainstream media this week, with terms like 'skytrains' and the State opposition taking an apparent position on the 'best' method of grade separating level crossings. The 'best' solution for each grade separation project depends on many different factors and each and every site requires a bespoke design and engineering response.

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